The only way to make bananas better is by frying them in a crispy batter. Malaysians have been doing this for as long as we can remember. Often a teatime treat, our nation is known for small road-side stalls specialising in tasty fried banana fritters, or also better known as Pisang Goreng here.
Recently, Malaysians have upped our pisang goreng game by topping these fried delights with melted cheese, decadent chocolate and sometimes both!
Origin of Pisang Goreng
According to historians, this was a dish first brought to Southeast Asia through colonisation. Back in the mid-1800 when the Portuguese first invaded Indonesia, they brought along a dish called Sonhos de Banana, meaning fried bananas.
Being so far away from home, the Portuguese colonisers introduced wheat flour, an integral ingredient when frying food. Before this, Indonesians ate the fruit in its natural form. With the introduction of these fried goods, it soon became a household treat.
Pisang Goreng RecipeDifficulty: Easy
Pisang goreng is a snack perfect for breakfast, teatime and as a dessert. These fried goodies are so easy to make, you’ll be whipping up a batch of pisang goreng every week!
450 ml water
2 cups flour
2 tbsp rice flour
4 tbsp margarine
1 tsp salt
1 tsp ground turmeric
1 comb of peeled bananas (halved lengthwise)
- In a food processor or blender, blend all the ingredients except the bananas. You could do this process by hand, but make sure to whisk as much air as possible into the batter. The more airy your batter is, the crispier your pisang goreng will be.
- Pour out the batter into a deep bowl and prepare a wok for frying.
- Dip each banana piece into the batter, and deep fry them for about two minutes or until golden brown.
- If you have some leftover batter, dip a whisk into the mix and then into the oil to make crispy toppings for your pisang goreng.
Ways to enjoy Pisang Goreng
While having the dish in its traditional serving is already a great snack, you could opt to grate a cheese of your choice onto the freshly fried bananas.
Alternately, you could slice thin strips of chocolate and do the same for a sweet chocolatey delight.
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